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August 8, 2016

Still Searching: Poets on God 1

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How do we discern a writer’s religious beliefs? When does the private belief inform the public art?

August 5, 2016

Don’t Quit Your Day Job: Richard Vine’s ‘Soho Sins’ 1

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SoHo Sins succeeds because it was written by a man with a day job, a job that gives him intimate knowledge of how a subculture works – its personalities and preoccupations, its business practices, its styles, its silliness and occasional beauty.

August 4, 2016

Making Strange: On Laura Vapnyar’s ‘Still Here’ 0

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Vapnyar shows us America, the beautiful and absurd, managing to satirize it without ever losing sympathy for the people living in it.

August 4, 2016

The Art of the Eulogy: On ‘Dead People’ 3

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You don’t need to read ‘Dead People’ front to back; its value lies within its stylish and substantive reconsideration of an ancient form.

August 3, 2016

Heaney’s Aeneid: Book VI 2

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In our post-colonial age we cannot help but see a more complicated story, find a different reading experience in these lines than did the generations of Victorian school boys who were raised on visions of a civilizing empire.

August 2, 2016

Rich People Problems: On Jay McInerney’s ‘Bright, Precious Days’ 2

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That sound you hear in the background is the world’s smallest violin playing “New York, New York.”

August 1, 2016

One Monster Replaces Another: On John Domini’s ‘Movieola!’ 1

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Today, they say, we’re in a golden age of television, the vast free market of cable opening up new avenues for how moving picture stories come to be…Part of the thrust of Domini’s argument is that big screen filmmaking now finds itself threatened by its own creation, all those little screens like an army of ants taking down an elephant. 

July 29, 2016

No Miss Havishams Here: On Emma Rathbone’s ‘Losing It’ 0

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Literary virgins with any agency are few and far between.

July 27, 2016

The Writer is Not Here: On Nihilism and the Writing Life 5

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Just as writing may induce multifarious forms of anxiety, the right words are also a middle finger to the dying of the light.

July 26, 2016

The Perils of Writing Wilderness: On Dave Eggers’s ‘Heroes of the Frontier’ 7

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Dave Eggers’s Alaska loses something essential to itself.